Monday, September 19, 2016

Workshop: Empowering, Connecting & Correcting

 
The Vulnerable Children's Ministry and
Bethany Christian Services


Presents

An Empowered to Connect Workshop!

This months topic: Empowering, Connecting, & Correcting
 
These workshops are video-driven, and facilitated by Alison Lamsma, MA, LSW from Bethany Christian Services.


Empowering, Connecting, & Correcting: Dr. Karyn Purvis explains her research-based approach with children who come from "hard places." She explains how harm during critical stages of brain growth causes significant disruptions in a child's development & behaviors. Through research and years of experience, Dr. Purvis offers a path of healing through a trust-based, relationship-based holistic approach.
 
Wednesday, September 28th
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Willow Creek Community Church, Room: Guest Central
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL 60010


***Training Credit Hours are offered for licensed foster parents.

Questions?  E-mail vulnerablechildren@willowcreek.org

Childcare for infants through pre-K is available, and Awana is available for Kindergarten through Grade 5 at Midweek for Kids.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Optimizing Futures for Children with FASD




Optimizing Futures for Children with 
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


Wednesday, September 14, 2016
1:30- 2:30 pm (Central)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (formerly called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) can occur in individuals whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy.  FASD can affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development, and the effects may be lifelong.  This condition tends to occur more frequently in children whose biological mothers live in low resource environments or lack adequate prenatal care.  

For parents and caregivers, FASD can be a discouraging diagnosis, one that inspires fear and overwhelm.  However, with adequate care, support, and structure, children with this condition can have improved outcomes.  Dr. Judith Eckerle will share about diagnosis, intervention, and steps to take to give kids with FASD the best chance of living healthy, full lives.

This is the ninth module in the CAFO Knowledge + Practice webinar series,  which translates research into actionable information that OVC care practitioners can implement immediately to elevate the quality of the care they provide. 
  

Friday, September 9, 2016

Dr. Phil Explains How You Can Become a CASA Volunteer and Help a Child i...

Court Appointed Special Advocates!


What is CASA for Children?

Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of nearly 1,000 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child in foster care by becoming a CASA, please visit www.casaforchildren.org to see how you can get involved.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Domestic Infant Adoption Class!


The Vulnerable Children's Ministry Presents....

Domestic Adoption: A Master Class…Covering the basics and beyond!
 Rebecca Gruenspan, founder of RG Adoption Consulting, will help you understand what it takes to realize your dream of "having a baby" through domestic agency adoption. She will walk you through the process and answer your most pressing questions such as: 
 ➣ Will I get chosen if: I’m single, already have children, over 40? 
 How long does the adoption process take? 
 How do I find the right agency? 
 Is it possible to adopt a healthy baby? 
 Open adoption – what does it mean and what if the birth mother changes her mind? 
 ...and more! It’s not your typical Adoption 101. 
 
Wednesday, September 14th from Noon-1:00pm

 Classes will be held via "Zoom", an on-line video meeting site. 

You may access the meeting in one of the following ways:
 
www.zoom.us.
Meeting ID: 806 116 9382
 
From PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
https://zoom.us/j/8061169382
 
From iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,8061169382# or +16465588656,8061169382#
 
From Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 806 116 9382
 
Rebecca Gruenspan, MSW, is the Founder of RG Adoption Consulting. Rebecca works with hopeful adoptive parents to educate, guide and be a hand to hold through the domestic adoption process.  She also has years of experience as a therapist, fundraiser, event planner, presenter and mentor.www.rgadoptionconsulting.com  

  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

ECT Workshop: Solutions to Fear!

The Vulnerable Children's Ministry and
Bethany Christian Services


Presents

An Empowered to Connect Workshop!


Join us all year long for Empowered to Connect workshops, every 4th Wednesday of the month! 
 
These workshops are video-driven, and facilitated by Alison Lamsma, MA, LSW from Bethany Christian Services.


Solutions to Fear: Tragically, children who have been harmed,neglected, and/or abused are at significantly increased risk for behavioral disorders, relationship failures, and early onset mental illness.  Developmental psychologist and former director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, Dr. Karyn Purvis, explains concepts to help caregivers and parents understand a child's brain chemistry and how neurotransmitter testing can be used to enhance therapeutic approaches.
 
Wednesday, August 24th
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Willow Creek Community Church, Room: 206
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL 60010


***Training Credit Hours are offered for licensed foster parents.

Questions?  E-mail vulnerablechildren@willowcreek.org

Childcare for infants through pre-K is available, and Awana is available for Kindergarten through Grade 5 at Midweek for Kids.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Launching & Leading an Orphan Care Ministry in Your Church





Three Principles to Consider; Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Launching and Leading an Orphan Care Ministry in Your Church


The goal of your ministry is sustainability, not speed. It's not necessarily to do many things as much as it's about doing the right things. The needs of vulnerable children and families are overwhelming and the opportunities to engage are endless. However, as a leader, how do we prioritize the key objectives of our ministry? How do we build in safeguards that keep us focused on first things first? How do we learn the art of saying "no" sometimes and not "yes" all the time? 

This presentation will highlight three key principles all leaders must consider, and common pitfalls to avoid, when not only starting a new ministry but also leading and expanding an existing one. It will center around practical tools, real-life models and implementable "next steps" for you and/or your leadership team.


Presenters: 

Jason Johnson, CAFO's National Director of Church Ministry Initiatives
Kari StewartMissions and Orphan Ministry Director, Timberline Church & Northern Colorado Christian Alliance for Orphans

Wednesday, August 31
2pm (Eastern)

Register Here
FREE E-BOOK
As an added bonus, everyone who registers for this webinar will receive a FREE download of,
"Three Principles to Consider and Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Launching and Leading an Orphan Care Ministry in Your Church"! This new, engaging e-book will provide you with a tangible resource to continue processing through and applying the ideas that were discussed in this webinar.